The current state of my collection

My collection in boxes - 5/9/07

Here’s my collection in all it’s splendor! I think the Chiquita Banana boxes add a tropical accent to the display.

Seriously, what your looking at is my CD collection still in boxes from our move to the new house this past Halloween. We are in room two of the master bedroom, this serves as the “entertainment room” for my wife and I. In the far corner are a couple of Rubbermaid containers and smaller boxes that hold CDs and DVDs. The boxes on the floor were organized alphabetical by band and chronological within the band. Unfortunately, there is a bit of chaos as I pull things out to listen to. The long table has two of my new IKEA brand Benno CD Shelves blocking my shelf stereo and the famous “pile” of CDs and DVDs that I need to get to.

New shelving

These are the new shelves I bought at IKEA. The plan is to hang these on the wall, below the ceiling slant, and have a nice new display. The top shelf holds 110 CDs, the bottom 100 CDs. If I remove the four middle dividers from the shelf, I get the 10 extra CDs in there. Each shelf cost $30, I bought three. I have roughly 2500 CDs, so I need 22 more shelves ($660). I’ve done the research and this is the most affordable way to go.

The current pile

This is a close-up of my pile. There are 42 CDs to listen to and 11 DVDs to watch. The first stack are CDs I haven’t touched. The second stack are CDs I’ve listened to but are still new albums so they are in my rotation. The CDs outside these two stacks are ones I’m listening to and will be heading to the banana boxes soon. The DVD pile contains the 3 different versions of KISS – KISSology Vol.1, Iron Maiden – Death On The Road, Iced Earth – Alive In Athens, and a few more from Kamelot, Rainbow, Helix and more.

So there you have it… collection. It’s more impressive when it’s organized and in the original cases I have in storage in the basement. For now, the banana boxes will do.

8 comments on “The current state of my collection

  1. Do you have only original (first press) releases or re-releases?

    I collect only first press (jewel case) releases, no deluxe/limited/bonus/digipack and no stupid bootlegs!

    Hey, i recognized one CD from your collection: KAMELOT “the black halo”, i also have it! ;)

  2. Steve, realy great to see your collection, even if they are in boxes. Good idea of you to start making photos, that will be realy cool to see. I dont know you for a long time but it look like we know each other for years and years, and thats great. Keep the photos coming and buy more of those IKEA cabinets. HAIL TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I like the pictures. I have no idea how many cd’s I have. I have a small cabinet full, three flat plastic tubs, a spinning four sided rack plus a stack in my car and at least thirty of them sitting on my stereo.

  4. White Man – When I can, I prefer to buy first pressings. The thing is that many 1st pressings are rare & out of print so I will go for a subsequent pressing or reissue. Collecting more popular bands is easy to do this way, it’s the obscure bands or the unsigned bands that throw the wrench in the works.

    Rene – When i finally get this project done, you’ll see it. I’ll keep everyone up on the progress.

    Mark – I only know the count because I counted before we moved.

    Rob – I’m so anal about my CDs, I could never put them in flips. I like the packaging.

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